Jim Zink is a managing partner for Zink Foodservice Group, an Ohio-based manufacturers’ rep firm. A second generation member of the foodservice industry, Jim joined the business his father Skip started in 1977. Jim is also a previous recipient of FE&S’ Top Achiever—Rep Award and remains very active in the foodservice industry and various charitable endeavors.
FE&S: What keeps you working in the foodservice industry?
Jim Zink: Every day brings new challenges, so there is always a great energy in this business, which I love. Also, the people! Collectively speaking, the entire channel is a hard-working, service oriented group. It’s fun to be a part of this industry.
FE&S: Would you encourage your children to work in this business?
Jim Zink: Absolutely! As the industry evolves there will continue to be great career opportunities on many levels. Whether you are an engineer, a designer, a sales professional or a chef, there will continue to be so many ways to participate and carve out a challenging, yet rewarding, career path.
FE&S: What type of charitable activities are you involved in?
Jim Zink: I am a director of FORE CANCER RESEARCH. This is an all-volunteer group founded by foodservice industry veteran Mark Thomas that has donated more than $350,000 in the last four years for cancer research. Key industry sponsors at our 2010 annual Pro-Am golf event included platinum sponsor, Rubbermaid plus gold sponsors Manitowoc Foodservice, Anchor Hocking, Wasserstrom, RZ Marketing, Contemporary Foodservice & Zink Foodservice Group. Cancer is a disease that unfortunately affects all of us in one way or another. FORE Cancer Research is a vehicle to help raise funds and awareness for cancer research. It’s been a very rewarding endeavor.
FE&S: What was your first job in foodservice?
Jim Zink: During my college years at Notre Dame I tended bar at Bridget McGuire’s Filling Station in South Bend, Ind. I learned quickly that college kids don’t tip!